The World of Ecotopia

ecotopia

Sometimes a book, or an idea, can be obscure and widely influential at the same time. That’s the case with Ecotopia, a 1970s cult novel, originally self-published by its author, Ernest Callenbach, that has seeped into the American groundwater without becoming well known. The novel, now being rediscovered, speaks to our ecological present: in the flush of a financial crisis, the Pacific Northwest secedes from the United States, and its citizens establish a sustainable economy….

“White bicycles sit in public places, to be borrowed at will. A creek runs down Market Street in San Francisco. Strange receptacles called ‘recycle bins’ sit on trains, along with ‘hanging ferns and small plants.’ A female president, more Hillary Clinton than Sarah Palin, rules this nation, from Northern California up through Oregon and Washington.”

Pictured: The president of Ecotopia is a woman! Her office is is an eco-retrofit in a mirror-glass building with gardens inserted between floors and rustic arcade appendages.

 

Concept of Ecotopia
Craig Hodgetts’ Drawings, 1978

 

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~ by eaesthete on 01/09/09.

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